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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Pope LMAO no it won't (627 comments)

No consumer protection? No ability to use one's own card? What is this, 1997?

Nice try, guys.

2 days ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

Pope Re:Technical claims as reported puzzling (208 comments)

You're missing that the server wouldn't respond to any routable IP address. It only communicated through tor.

Incorrect. It was discovered leaking a public IP through the Captcha in early 2013. That info was posted a number of places, including Buttcoin.org.

about three weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Pope Re:Using one right now... (304 comments)

$170 is cheap considering how much time we spend using them.

about three weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

Pope Ugh (172 comments)

Fucking reddit. *shakes fist*

about a month ago
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How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

Pope Be a code reviewer! (57 comments)

OSS needs more reviewers than new contributors hacking on their pet feature. Heartbleed and Shellshock only ephasize the point. "Many eyes make all bugs shallow" rings false when there are no eyes.

about 1 month ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Pope Re:Just put fine print sticker on the dash,,,,, (269 comments)

You know, that brings up an interesting thought exercise.

If the valet can legally refuse to be recorded, then can they then legally say "sorry, you need to park somewhere else"? Because your ability to get service might be trumped by their privacy rights.

I'd side totally on the valet's right to privacy. You have, at MOST, a verbal agreement to have the valet park your car. And those ain't worth the paper they're printed on.

about a month ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Pope Re:huh? (269 comments)

"All your valet's audio and video are belong to us"--- GM

about a month ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

Pope Re:Counterintuitive (356 comments)

Quoth Steve, "You're playing with it wrong."

about a month ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Pope Re:Does it matter? (139 comments)

Strange. I've been able to keep my old YT account separate, though it used to keep asking to "switch" over to my G+ profile. Try logging out of every Google account you have, then log in to YT. May or may not work. it's hard to tell with Google's strange account settings.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Pope Re:Proper Science is hard. (795 comments)

Many of them are amazing at jargon and obfuscation, but suck at most everything else. Many of them are very narrow and deep, making their work as obscure as it is hard.

Sounds like most computer geeks.

about a month ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Pope Re:This is silly (358 comments)

But, in a world where everyone is selling 256K and 320K tracks, I'd rather get my music in a lossless format and convert down to VBR MP3.

LMAO. AAC is already VBR, at 256k from the iTunes store. So you want a lossless track so that you can convert it to lossy anyway, rather than getting a lossy track in the first place with no extra steps needed. Brilliant.

about a month and a half ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Pope Re:Expert. (358 comments)

Pirate their first 3, at least they're worth a listen.

about a month and a half ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Pope Re:Wave power can work (198 comments)

Markets, by definition, are artificial to begin with; very few are actually 'free'.

about a month and a half ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Pope Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

This is what I always here, same with Anime. But I don't understand why this is hard.

Anime is a whole other matter. Japanese media companies are insanely risk-averse. If they know they can guarantee a sell-out run of 20,000 BD units at 6,000 Yen a piece for Anime X in Japan only, that's all they'll do. Won't run 25,000 units and hope for selling 23,000 at full retail.

Keeping with this, they also charge an arm and a leg to foreign companies to want to translate and distribute outside Japan. Since media costs are lower in, say, the USA, they worry that Japanese fans will wait until the cheaper foreign discs come out, since they'll all have the Japanese language tracks anyway.

Everything else you mention has to do with pre-existing agreements.

about a month and a half ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Pope Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

It's re-rendering the toilets to flush the other way that'll cost more!

about a month and a half ago

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